May 23, 2017

“I consider myself a pretty devout Christian—I’ve centered not only my career, but also my life around Christ and the Church. Many times I still wonder is my faith really as strong as I think it is, or do I lead others to believe that it is. Many things in the world still don’t make sense to me, whether it is my own shortcomings or the disappointing things that go on in society. I wonder about God’s “master plan” and what role I play in it. Sometimes I wonder if there really is a plan or if He allows things just to happen at random.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis)


"I don’t always understand what’s going on, or what is going to happen, in relationships, in financial matters, and various other situations. But when the uncertainty begins to dampen my spirits, let me remind myself that God does, in fact, know, and understand, everything far better than I do. Let me pray today for His will for me, even if I don’t know or understand it, and the grace to realize it in my life." (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)


“No one feels God's presence all the time, at every moment of his or her life. Even the greatest saints have moments of doubt, uncertainty, and darkness.” (Rev. Christopher H. Martin)


 “ ‘The only thing I knew how to do was to keep on keepin' on.’ Bob Dylan penned these lyrics and to me they sometimes sound like a proverb. Sometimes you just feel spiritually down, like nothing makes sense, and your efforts are not worth it. God is every bit as present with you in those moments as He is when you are feeling great. You just have to keep being prayerful, trusting to His presence, and knowing “this too shall pass.” (Sacramental Living Blog)


“Be honest enough to question God but brave enough to step out in faith. This approach will carry us through challenging circumstances. In fact, one without the other simply never rises to the level of true belief.” (Father Barnabas Powell)

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